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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Prolific Signer

American Minute from William J. Federer

Roger Sherman was the only person to sign all four of America's founding documents: the Articles of Association-1774, the Declaration of Independence-1776, the Articles of Confederation-1777, and the U.S. Constitution-1787.

At age 19, Roger Sherman's father died and he supported his family as a shoe cobbler, helping two younger brothers attend college and become clergymen.

Roger Sherman was a surveyor and merchant, but when a neighbor needed legal advice, he studied to help, only to be inspired to be a lawyer.

Roger Sherman was elected a state senator, a judge and a delegate to the Continental Congress. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and gave instructions to an embassy to Canada: "That all civil rights and the right to hold office were to be extended to persons of any Christian denomination."

Roger Sherman made 138 speeches at the Constitutional Convention, and in the first session of Congress, thought a First Amendment unnecessary, as religion was under each individual States' jurisdiction.

Elected a U.S. Senator at age 70, Roger Sherman died JULY 23, 1793. Inscribed on his tomb is: "He ever adorned the profession of Christianity which he made in youth and...died in the prospect of a blessed immortality."

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.


Anonymous said...

Sherman couldn't have been a very smart lawyer if he hadn't even heard of the "wall of separation of church and state."

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